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Zone Heating

Many homeowners are utilizing fireplaces for added heat to cut down on utility cost, but older fireplaces actually add to the problem. A traditional, open fireplace loses up to 75 percent of its heated air, up the chimney. During the summer, unless the chimney is sealed tightly with doors or a top sealing damper, conditioned air is lost up the chimney the same way. The best, energy saving option to save on heating costs is to use a wood, pellet, or gas insert for zone heating. They are highly efficient, safe, and easy to install into an existing fireplace.

The best, energy saving option to save on heating costs is to use a wood, pellet, or gas insert for zone heating. They are highly efficient, safe, and easy to install into an existing fireplace.

Revitalize a Tired Fireplace With an Insert

If you think an insert is right for you, call a professional now. A fireplace expert at The Cozy Flame can lead you through the process from start to finish. Space should be measured accurately in order for the insert to fit properly. An insert is a pre-manufactured unit that is retrofitted into the existing firebox. Since the insert is a closed unit and is highly efficient, it uses the heat produced to heat the area, making it perfect for zone heating. If your fireplace is old, worn out, or has been neglected, an insert will revitalize it into an efficient source of heat for your household.

Types of Inserts

Wood Inserts – Wood inserts are a popular option among those who have access to their own wood supply. Wood offers a beautiful flame, stylish design, and transforms a wood fireplace into an efficient heat machine. To get the most out of your wood product, you should burn only properly seasoned wood. Fresh, or ‘green’ wood has a high moisture content and burns poorly and incompletely. This lowers efficiency, creating less heat, and causing you to burn more wood, and need more frequent chimney sweeps.

Pellet Inserts – Pellets are a green option because they burn efficiently, cleanly, and the pellets themselves are made of wood products, cutting down on wood waste. Pellet inserts produce high heat and are convenient because they utilize a pellet hopper that feeds the fire, keeping the flame and temperature consistent. You should only burn pellets in your pellet insert.

Gas Inserts – Gas inserts are the most efficient of the inserts. They offer a beautiful and realistic flame, even featuring realistic ceramic logs that give you the feel of a wood fire. Gas inserts are ideal for zone heating because they have a convenient on/off switch as well as temperature control.

Zone Heating

Zone heating allows a household to utilize central air and heat in areas of high traffic, while keeping temperatures low in other areas of the house, with less use. Using an insert in these rooms means that you can heat it at your convenience while entertaining guests, and save on utilities by utilizing other fuel sources. Your decision to install an insert will be an investment for a more efficient home and future.

The Cozy Flame sells wood, pellet, and gas inserts–all highly efficient, all top-of-the-line products that we are proud to offer. You can visit our show room for demonstrations and talk with an expert about your dream fireplace. We can even set you up with Total Chimney Care, our installation fireplace service sister company.

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The Best Backup Heating Source Choices

While snow and ice may create a winter wonderland outside, it can also wreak havoc on power lines. Because of this, severe winter storms are known for knocking out electricity – sometimes for days at a time. This gives families the difficult task of keeping their family’s warm when the power is out.

The easiest way to make sure your family will stay warm during a power outage is by using a backup heating source. While there are many different supplemental heat sources, some are better designed for use during a power outage than others.

The three best backup heating options

There are three heating appliances that give you the best chance of staying warm when the power goes out: wood inserts, wood stoves, and gas stoves.

Wood inserts: Wood inserts allow homeowners to enjoy the warm and ambiance of a crackling wood fire – without the extreme inefficiency and heat loss. Wood inserts can be installed on their own or into an existing hearth, making them an ideal choice for wood fireplace owners who want a more efficient heating appliance. The best backup heating source choices - Milford CT - The cozy flame

Wood stoves: Wood stoves aren’t just for log cabins – these stylish and efficient appliances can effectively heat a single room or an entire home. Available in a variety of sizes and styles, stoves can keep your home cozy and warm as long as there is firewood in the house.

Gas stoves: Gas stoves combine the heat output of a wood stove with the ease of use of a gas fireplace. This allows users to enjoy a roaring fire at the touch of the button as well as avoid going out into the cold or snow in search of more firewood in the middle of the night. In addition, many gas stoves are installed as direct vent appliances; this venting style is considered to be the safest in the industry and greatly reduces the chances of dangerous gasses such as carbon monoxide backing up in a home.

Three heat sources that won’t keep you warm in a power outage

Not all fireplaces or heating appliances are created equal, and some require electricity or do not burn efficiently enough to work well as an alternative heating source. The following are three heat sources that aren’t effective during a power outage.

Pellet stoves: While pellet stoves are extremely efficient and can create enough heat to warm an entire home, they also require electricity to operate. Unless you have a small supplemental generator, a pellet stove cannot operate when the power is off.

Gas fireplaces: Small gas fireplaces (not gas inserts) are usually designed to be more decorative than serve as an actual heat source. Because of this, they may not even generate enough heat to effectively heat the room they are in.

Open wood fireplaces: Traditional open wood or open hearth fireplaces might create roaring fires, but are extremely inefficient; open hearth fireplaces are about 10% efficient (at best), meaning that more than 90% of your heat is going straight up the chimney.

When the power goes out, make sure your family isn’t left out in the cold. Contact The Cozy Flame today to learn more about the best backup heating options for your home and family.

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Save on Our Clearance Specials

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As temperatures continue to get warmer, most homeowners have stopped using – or even thinking about – their fireplaces and stoves until next fall. However, spring is the perfect time to consider adding or upgrading your current heating appliance!

At The Cozy Flame, we currently have several spring clearance specials available to our customers, including a sale on many of our showroom models. If you’ve been considering adding a new fireplace or upgrading your existing unit, now is the perfect time to do so.

Benefits of upgrading your fireplace or stove

There are a number of benefits to upgrading your fireplace or stove, especially for those with older units. Below are just a few of the reasons why to consider purchasing a new heating appliance.

  1. Energy efficiency: Replacing an open hearth fireplace with a fireplace insert can add up to serious every savings. Most wood burning hearth fireplaces burn with as little as 10% efficiency; that means that 90% of your heat is literally going up in flames. Fireplace inserts, on the other hand, burn with more than 90% efficiency, meaning you save money by using less fuel to heat your home.
  2. Environmentally friendly: Modern stoves and fireplaces have to be certified by the EPA. EPA certified appliances burn more efficiently and produce minimal amounts of particle air pollution.
  3. Modern style: A new fireplace or stove can drastically alter the look and feel of your entire home. Likewise, no matter how clean your home is, a dingy heating appliance can make the entire house seem dirty. Upgrading to a new fireplace or stove is an easy way to give your home a quick style makeover. Modern heating appliances are available in a wide variety of styles and sizes to meet every family’s heating needs, budget, and style.
  4. Heat your whole home: Wood stoves can add a rustic style to your home, but they can also be used a primary heating appliance! Turn off the furnace for good by finding a wood stove that can heat your entire home. If you aren’t yet ready to use a wood stove for your entire home, consider adding a smaller unit for zone heating, or only heating specific rooms or areas of the home at a time.
  5. Added value: According to the National Association of Homebuilders, fireplaces are consistently rated as one of the most important features a home can add. In fact, most prospective homebuyers are willing to pay several thousand dollars more for a home with a fireplace. Because of this, adding a new or upgrading your existing heating appliance is an investment in your home that will continue to pay off in the future.

At The Cozy Flame, buying a heating appliance on sale doesn’t mean you’re getting factory rejects or a lesser quality product. All of our clearance specials are from the high quality brands that our customers know and trust. If you’re ready to get a new fireplace at a great price, come save on our clearance specials at The Cozy Flame showroom today!

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